Saturday, March 22, 2014

The Trifecta

The other day, Michelle posted a blog and in it she talked about how you are more likely to succeed if you ask yourself what you’re going to do as opposed to telling yourself what you’re going to do.  And this makes perfect sense to me…I don’t know why I didn’t realize this previously.  When you TELL yourself what you’re going to do, it can make it feel like a chore, like something you HAVE to do…like you don’t have a choice in the matter…whereas if you ASK yourself what you’re going to do, it feels like an active choice and you’re more likely to enjoy it because you gave yourself the choice to choose what you WANT to do.  I sort of practice this now with the whole if it happens, it happens but if it doesn’t, then it doesn’t and I move on with my life and don’t dwell on it.  Speaking of, last week and the week before I only ran twice and I didn’t go to the gym at all either week.  So, on one had I can look at myself as a “slacker,” or I can look at the reality of the situation and say it was most likely due to me being sick.  While I’m pretty sure I’ll get in my 3 runs this week (I’ve already done 2 and plan a 3rd tomorrow morning…maybe with the training group for the Biggest Loser half marathon!  That’d be fun!), I didn’t get to the gym at all again this week.  Oh well.
Good news on the work front, I’m getting my weekends off back.  At least for now, anyway.  It’s always subject to change, but hopefully it doesn’t for a while.  If I keep them, then when my vacation happens the first 2 weeks of June, I can leave after work on May 30th instead of after work on the 31st…and that will be awesome…and extra 24 hours to my vacation, so it’ll be like I’m only cutting my trip short by 2 days instead of 3, which is nice.  More good news at work is that I have two 4-day weekends in April.  I had asked for 3-day weekends due to planned races, but I’ll take the 4-day ones without complaint.  Of course, that limits the days I can work overtime on.  I can’t work on either Mondays or Tuesdays those weeks as I can’t double dip with vacation time and overtime pay.  But Wednesday, Thursday and Friday those week I can work overtime.  Can’t work on Saturdays, except for the second of the two weeks because I’ll have a race that Sunday morning.  On that, I still need to register for the Capital 10K race on April 6th.  Unlike the Biggest Loser half and the Austin 10/20, the price stays the same up until and including the expo day…no price hikes.
I know I want to do the BunRun 10K and the Autism Speaks 8K again this year as well.  The BunRun happens at the end of April and the Autism Speaks happens in May.  Also, there’s the Anti-Bullying 5K that, last year happened at the end of March, but this year happens in May that I want to do again.  Then, the half marathon I’ll do while I’m in Oregon.  OMG!  Race crazy, for sure!  I might…MIGHT…nix the BunRun, just for financial reasons, though.  Anyway, after the Oregon half, I have no races until September when I plan to do the Gusto 15K (down in San Antonio and put on by Carrerathon…hopefully they don’t stop taking finish photos at the 1:30 hour mark like they did last year) and the Run with the Heroes 5K.  Hopefully those 2 aren’t on the same weekend.  But, if they are and the 15K follows suit from last year, it will be on a Saturday so I could conceivably still do both.  We shall see.
So, I worked a double (16 hour) shift at work on Wednesday.  Apparently the night shift supervisor forgot to ask/tell me that she signed me up to work yesterday as well…so, surprise overtime shift for me!  I’m not complaining, except for the lack of sleep part.  Next week, I have 2 shifts of overtime already scheduled and I don’t plan to pick up a third.  I really am trying to keep it to only one or two shifts a week.  I miss out on too much exercise and it weakens my awesome immune system and I’m starting to get burnt out on it and I’m losing sleep and free time to pursue my hobbies (like my new scrapbooking hobby that I’m so excited about!), which means I’m not decompressing enough and I’m in “work mode” too many hours a week.  But, mostly it’s the losing too much sleep and being cranky and bitchy at work.  Never a good thing…no matter who’s book you’re reading.
On the subject of my scrapbooking…you may have noticed that I started a running scrapbook.  I’m going to chronicle all my races.  Most have supplied me with pictures either during or at the finish, or both.  There was a couple that there were no pictures for at all.  But that’s okay because I still have my bibs for those races.  I’m really enjoying putting the pages together and feeding my letter addiction.  The next page I’m putting together is for the Autism Speaks 8K 2013.  Wednesday before work, I bought a kid’s puzzle with bright colors so I can glue some puzzle pieces to the page as puzzle pieces are the symbol for autism.  I also want to get letters that look like those wooden alphabet blocks to title the page with.  I can’t seem to find them on sheets in the scrapbooking section, but I did find a huge box of them on for $25.  While I’d rather not spend that much money on one type of letter, if I can’t find another option, I’ll be forced to go with it.  I’m having problems finding an image of all 26 letters and 10 numbers online that I can just print out, but I’m going to try that before I spend $25 on a huge box of them.
Oh!  So, this morning’s run was going to be with the free training group for participants in the Biggest Loser 5K and half marathon.  The half marathon peeps are going to do 5 or 6 miles and I think the 5K-ers are doing a mile or two.  The run was to start at 8am, I woke up at 8:20.  I was so confused as to why my alarm didn’t go off, so I check the alarm and it’s set for the WRONG DAY…next Thursday.  Ugh.  Seriously?!?!?!  So, I missed the run that I really wanted to do.  Instead, I ran 4 solo miles.  It was still a good run, but it wasn’t as fun as it could have been had I made the group training run.  Also, after that run there was going to be a discussion about avoiding hitting “the wall,” but alas, I didn’t get to take part in that either.  So, a total of 20 miles for this week.  Not bad.  Next week, I’ll take it somewhat easy.  5 miles Monday morning, then 3 on Wednesday and 2 quick or 3 regular on Friday.  Saturday morning before work I’ll hit up the packet pickup…not sure if there’s to be a small expo with it or if it’s just strictly a packet pickup.  Then…the next Sunday is the half marathon!  My 3rd so far and I’m pretty excited.  I can’t wait to see the bling they’ll be handing out at the finish line!  Medal #4!!!  Then, 2 weeks later is the Austin 10/20 and medal #5!
Before work today, I registered for the Capital 10K!!!  This will be the second year I have run it.  I really enjoyed running it last year and am really looking forward to this second round of it.  I am now registered for what I’m going to call my trifecta of races…hahaha.  First one: 3/30 – Biggest Loser half marathon, 4/6 – Capital 10K, and 4/13 – Austin 10/20.  That’s 3 Sundays in a row!

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